STATEN ISLAND — A $7 million renovation is coming to Staten Island Technical High School's athletic field.
The renovation will add a new turf baseball and football field surrounded by a running track to the New Dorp specialized high school, Department of Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott said. The project is expected to be completed in 20 to 24 months.
"With this funding, we will be able to renovate the existing facility so that future student athletes will have terrific games and track meets," Walcott said.
"We want to offer our students the opportunity to play on state-of-the art fields where they can show off their personal best."
The DOE's School Construction Authority (SCA) also received funding from the City Council and Borough President James P. Molinaro to cover the cost of the $7 million project.
"We are so gratified by the City Council and the SCA for this project," said Vincent Maniscalco, principal of Staten Island Tech and this week's DNAInfo New York "Principal of the Week," in a release.
"As a result, our students will have the benefit to be able to play and exercise on a top-notch sports facility."
Staten Island Tech will be the fifth renovation of public school athletic fields on Staten Island supervised by the DOE. Other renovations were completed at New Dorp and Curtis high schools in 2004, and at Tottenville High School in 2007.
The field at Wagner High School is currently under construction.
Staten Island Tech recently was rated one of the best high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
The school ranked 77th in the nation and 13th in New York, and was awarded the magazine's gold medal.